Working at the Smithsonian
- Librarians can be generalists who assist researchers and develop bibliographies or specialists
in specific areas such as cataloging, rare books digital collections, acquisitions and systems. Librarian positions require a
Masters in Library Science (MLS). Many Librarians also have an undergraduate or graduate degree in the subject matter of the library.
Library Technicians often have undergraduate degrees in the subject matter of the library and some experience or education in
- The Smithsonian Libraries comprise 20 branches and house 1.5 million volumes, 40,000 rare books
and 2,000 rare manuscript groups including several books from James Smithson’s personal library. The rare book collection is
particularly impressive as it contains first books on chemistry, math, physics and natural philosophy printed in the early 15th
century – the very beginning of western science.
- There is also an imaging center that creates electronic versions of our rare books and
distinctive collections so they can be shared on the internet.
- The libraries maintain an exchange program with 4,000 libraries to allow staff access to
periodicals, museum catalogues and professional society publications.
"Working at the Smithsonian"